Gematsu reports Sega has now delayed the Mega Drive Mini originally scheduled to arrive in Japan this year.

According to Sega, the response to the announcement in the west was bigger than it expected. There are now plans to give the system a simultaneous release worldwide in 2019. This covers the Genesis model for North America and the Mega Drive system for Europe.

Sega has also cited how it wants to achieve a level of quality that fans would expect. It has reportedly established a system to rethink the design of the device, with the original core team now working alongside proven Japanese software developers.

It wouldn't be a surprise if Sega decided to hold off following the news AtGames - a US firm who have been making officially-licensed Sega consoles for the past decade - are allegedly involved. As already explained, AtGames' systems don't have the best reputation among retro game lovers, and are often plagued by poor quality emulation and bad audio.

Will you be picking up a Sega Mega Drive Mini when it is finally released? Tell us in the comments.

[via gematsu.com]